The Portuguese Institute of Atmosphere and Sea (IPMA), issued a statement earlier today confirming that storm Karlotta should not directly affect mainland Portugal or the Madeira Archipelago.
“Following the established emission criteria, the name Karlotta was assigned by AEMET (Spanish Meteorological Service) to a depression centered on 51N 16W at 0000UTC on the 8th of February, with a pressure of 985hPa. This depression is part of a complex depression system, with two nuclei, which will evolve into a single nucleus, which will be located in the southwest of Ireland. Storm Karlotta’s cold front will make its presence known on the mainland from the 8th.”
In the statement, the IPMA adds that “the change in the weather will begin to be felt on the 7th, with light rain, especially in the north and central regions, and with the intensification of the wind from mid-afternoon. The weather will worsen as the cold front surface approaches the Iberian Peninsula.”
Furthermore, the Madeira Archipelago, “will also be affected by the cold front from the 8th. Rain is expected, sometimes heavy. Winds are due from the southwest and will be moderate to strong, with gusts up to 80 km/h, and 100 km/h in the highlands.
Due to this weather situation, the IPMA advises all citizens to follow the weather forecasts and warnings.”
Madeira is under an orange weather warning for both Thursday and Friday.
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